Henry Miller

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.


The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.


The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.


Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.


I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.


Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.


The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.


Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.


A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.


Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.


Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.


Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.


Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.


Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.


If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.


Serenity is when you get above all this, when it doesn’t matter what they think, say or want, but when you do as you are, and see God and Devil as one.


Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.


To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts


Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.


Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.


There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy


Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.


When you surrender, the problem ceases to exist. Try to solve it,or conquer it, and you only set up more resistance.


Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.


Nothing can be given or taken away; nothing has been added or subtracted; nothing increased or diminished. We stand on the same shore before the same mighty ocean. The ocean of love.


It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not with the mind, nor even with the heart.


No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.


On the meridian of time, there is no injustice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama


True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.


The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.


Surely every one realizes, at some point along the way, that he is capable of living a far better life than the one he has chosen.